Living Cost in Ireland
The cost of studying in Ireland is not that expensive in comparison to many other countries with top-level universities. Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is the most expensive city to live in but compared with other common study destinations, like the UK, Irish cities are very cost-effective places to live.
Tuition fees differ depending on the area of study, curriculum, and university you select to study. Undergraduate courses will cost you from EUR 9,000 - EUR 45,000 annually. Master's and Ph.D. postgraduate courses EUR 9,150 - EUR 37,000 per year.
Since accommodation is a major concern for all international or out-of-state students searching for suitable accommodation beforehand is a must as it might take some time to find the right one.
Universities offer accommodation to students in the form of residence halls, which usually costs above the European average of 300 - 600 EUR. It is often difficult to find a place as the number of places is limited, and the demand is high.
Apart from residence halls, you can rent or share an apartment or choose to live with an Irish family. The average accommodation prices for students in Ireland are, for students living alone it may cost you 400 - 900 EUR per month. For students sharing an apartment, 450 - 550 EUR per month.
Other expenses that come along with accommodation include utilities which will cost you around 30 - 50 EUR per month and internet up to 60 EUR per month.
Students can benefit from discounts for transportation if they use the Student Leap Card or the Bus Éireann services to travel around the country. A monthly pass with a special discount for students for public transportation in Ireland is around 50 – 55 EUR per month.
Most students prefer using bicycles as a mode of transportation. You can rent a bicycle to get around the city for around 20 EUR per day.
The monthly average food costs are not that high in Ireland. The money you spend on food solely depends on your preferences for food. You will spend around EUR 250-350 a month shopping for groceries. As a student, it is also important to save some money for later, so you can cut down a little on food expenses.
You can find cheaper food items in supermarkets such as Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Dunnes, or Superquinn. If you want to dine out in a small restaurant you will need to spend around 15 EUR for a meal or enjoy a three-course meal for two for in a mid-range restaurant you will be spending 55 EUR.
Participation in college clubs and societies is a very effective and cheap way of getting involved in college social life. There are various clubs which include sports clubs, academic societies, dramatic societies, political societies, and much more. Cinemas in Ireland are very popular but can be very expensive, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
It is cheaper to go to the afternoon shows and during the week, and there is often a student discount available for certain shows. Pubs in Ireland are also great places to go if you like live music. For entertainment and refreshment, you will spend around 60 - 100 EUR per month.
Other expenses you need to cover while studying include books and other study materials, clothes and shoes, medical insurance, and others. Books and other study materials will cost you around 75 EUR per month. For medical insurance, you will be spending around 45 EUR a month.
Shops differ greatly in price, so shopping around for clothes and shoes is best.